James Blonde
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James Blonde

Niagara Falls, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | AFM

Niagara Falls, Canada | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Rock




"James Blonde: License to thrill"

“Every time I’ve seen James Blonde over the last few months they’ve been bigger and better. Even so, this performance at Warehouse felt like a quantum leap. Now working with a personal lighting rig and technician, their shows boast a level of production that feels light years above anything else in the area. It matches the huge, stadium-ready sound of the trio, filled with soaring guitar work, infectious grooves, slick baselines and great interplay between loud and quiet moments. James Blonde played three new songs, each of which blew the roof off of Warehouse and felt right at home amongst the classics with which they have made their name." - Cameron Tyson, The Brock Press - The Brock Press

"Rock trip au Petit Campus"

"The day has fallen and it is the turn of the trio James Blonde to take the road aboard a black Telecaster with tinted windows. Head to the diner on the corner, to dance to electrifying rock-pop. They land on the track dressed in black with the assurance of a Travolta. Steph's bouncy demeanor, Phil's smile and Neil's hair instantly enchant the audience." (translated from French) - Maxime Plantady, Feu À Volonté - Feu À Volonté

"James Blonde: Don't Lock the Door"

"The group released its debut album this week, and this track is the lead single that deserves to unlock doors at radio with its frisky, upbeat sound featuring honeyed vocal harmonies and a production that sounds as if they have golden ears. " - Kerry Doole, FYI Music News - FYI Music News

"PREMIERE – James Blonde releases video for “Heartbreak”"

"Niagara Falls-based band, James Blonde are back with a video for their single, “Heartbreak” just in time for Valentines Day. The track was written and produced by the band, and the video explores the pitfalls of love and relationships as a teenager. The song has an upbeat, funky chorus which had me singing along immediately, and the video is almost like an episode of Degrassi or some other teen television drama." - Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats - Canadian Beats


Hundred Bucks (single) - February 2020
Sh!tshow (single) - July 2019
James Blonde (self titled LP) - August 2017



James Blonde is more than the sum of its parts; the Canadian alternative / rock band was born when Neil Carson, Phil Taylor and Steph Mercier came together to form the singular entity known by this name. The band acts as a conduit, taking inspiration from the turn of 21st century’s rock resurgeance of bands like Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Billy Talent & MGMT with the great classic rock bands, to pump out electric performances both on stage and in the studio. 

The band kicked off their first concert as James Blonde in their hometown of Niagara Falls for NYE 2017, opening for Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder. However, the trio had already been together for years under an old moniker, touring the country and playing major festivals like Osheaga, Edgefest and CMW. James Blonde’s first album (self-titled) was released in 2017, with the lead single “Heartbreak” getting picked up by major Spotify playlists and Starbucks, which added the song to it’s in-store radio across the globe. “Sh!tshow”, the bands follow-up single in 2019, reached #96 on the US Top 40 charts. The last few years have seen the band become an indie touring juggernaut, having played extensively across Canada and the USA from coast to coast, delivering high-octane performances, precise musicianship and memorable moments for fans at every show. 

But that was then, and this is now: James Blonde is currently working on a new record, which will be released in the form of singles throughout 2020 as the band continues to tour all over North America.

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